Paralegal Diploma Program
As a paralegal you could work in a fast-paced career and directly improve the lives of countless clients. You could be the one who digs up the information needed to save someone from going to prison.
With so much research to conduct and paperwork to complete, attorneys have a dire need for paralegals. If you want to enter the legal profession but not attend law school, our paralegal studies diploma program may be the perfect starting point.
Pick from a multitude of law fields such as defense law, corporate law, international law, or education law and work at a private law firm, corporate law department, bank, government agency or other options.
During your studies, you will learn how to accomplish legal research using Findlaw and work at a legal setting with people who could become your future employers.
Enjoy Strong Career Opportunities
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs in Illinois for Paralegals is expected to increase by thirteen percent between 2016 and 2026. The salary range in Illinois is $23,320 to $48,540 with a median salary of $33,340.1
1 onetonline.org/link/summary/31-9092.00, retrieved 5/29/2019
Program length – 10 months
Curriculum focuses on law offices proceedings, as well as professional and ethical responsibilities. Students complete courses in computer software, office procedures, law office technology, legal terminology, legal research and writing. Civil litigation, torts, probate, contract, real estate, bankruptcy, criminal and family law are taught, as well. Students also take classes in oral communication, written communication and social sciences to develop their interpersonal skills, customer focus and writing skills. Students participate in a mock deposition to utilize and sharpen their skills in a setting similar to what they might experience as legal professionals. Program includes an externship in a law office to provide relevant, real world experience.
Also known as legal assistants, paralegals perform a variety of tasks to support lawyers, including maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research and drafting documents. The largest employers of legal assistants are law firms, but paralegals also work for in-house legal departments in the finance, insurance, consulting and healthcare sectors.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there will be 82,700 new job openings for paralegals between 2014 and 2024.1
1U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-2015 Edition, Paralegals, retrieved 4/26/16
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